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Doug Jones knows what his victory means, and who made that victory happen.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

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Indifference, the true enemy. In all things.

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Dec 13, 2017 | The returns from Dallas County were late coming in, so the romantic in me always will insist that it was the votes from Selma that put Doug Jones in the United States Senate for the next three years, that it was those votes that lit up the ballroom in the Sheraton hotel, that it was those votes that dealt a huge—but, arguably, temporary—defeat to everything that has gone wrong with American politics ever since the Republican Party ate the monkey brains 40 years ago and contracted the prion disease that has destroyed the party’s higher functions.



I choose to believe that it was the votes in Selma that dealt them the final blow, because it was Selma whence so many of them first materialized in blood and rage.



The Party has grown mad and prone to delusions and hallucinations now; it looks at the president* and sees a transformational figure. It looked at Roy Moore and saw a United States Senator. It looks at America and sees a cramped prison with doors that do not lock. What the voters of Alabama did on Tuesday was to slay all the angry ghosts and, because of that, I choose to believe that it was the votes in Selma that dealt them the final blow, because it was Selma whence so many of them first materialized in blood and rage.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, December 9, 2017.

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Feature Article | The Violence of the ’60s Is Nothing Like What We Are about to Face, Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company / AlterNet

  • The late ‘60s and early ‘70s were crazy, but we’re looking wilder.
  • Related: Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated

Publisher's Choice | The Sexual Harassment Conversation Needs to Move to the Next Level, Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Nation

  • What’s needed are real structural and legal changes to support the victims and curb the predators.
  • Related: What We Lose When We Let Predatory Men Shape The National Conversation

Of Special Interest | To Protect and Serve ~ Norm Stamper, Kirkus Reviews 

  • How to Fix America’'s Police
  • A vivid, well-written, vitally important book.
  • Related: Special Report | Curbing Police Brutality




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Economics

I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929, Robert S. McElvaine, Washington (DC) Post

  • Republicans are again sprinting toward an economic cliff.
  • The plain fact that the trickle-down approach has never worked leaves Republicans unfazed.
  • Related: Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated,

Foreign Affairs

Honduras in Flames, Aaron Schneider and Rafael R. Ioris, NACLA Reports / Portside 

  • The chaos surrounding last week’s presidential elections in Honduras reflects a rightwing consolidation of power in the country, abetted by the United States.
  • Allowing the alliance between landed oligarchs and neoliberal elites to steal an election in Honduras tragically signals that we are eager to repeat our past mistakes.
  • Related: How America Spreads Global Chaos

Government & Politics

Franken is no victim as he leaves the Senate, Editorial Board,  Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

  • He deserves credit, however, for a decision that's best for Minnesota.
  • Related: Al Franken has to go.

Media & Technology

FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash on private data grabs by internet and telecom giants, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1:  FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash
    • People from across the political spectrum are coming out of the woodwork to engage in this issue.
  • Part 2: Help Minnesota protect consumers from private data grabs by internet and telecom giants.
    • Weigh in against possible FCC action that would hinder the Legislature in this area. 
  • Related: The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts

What We Lose When We Let Predatory Men Shape The National Conversation, Emma Gray, HuffPost 

  • Matt Lauer’s 20-year position at NBC allowed him to frame the way stories about powerful women and Very Bad Men were told — and not told.
  • It is a disturbing thought experiment to look at the media men who have faced allegations of sexual misconduct over the past two months and consider what stories might have been told had women been in their places.
  • Related: Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination

Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet, David Culver, Evergreene Digest

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  • Despite massive growing resistance, the FCC just voted to advance rules that could slow down and censor the Internet by allowing ISPs to discriminate when they deliver content. Everyone needs to take action right now.
  • Don't let Comcast and AT&T control the future of the Internet. "Dear FCC, we need real net neutrality. Protect internet users from monopolistic ISPs and don't let companies censor, slow down, or block websites while requiring other sites to pay for faster service. Please stand up for all Internet users and our right to communicate."

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FCC is About to Kill the Internet and Towns Like This and Congress Will Pay the Price (2)

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    • Part 1: America is About to Kill the Internet and Towns Like This Will Pay the Price
    • Residents of Winlock, Washington can barely stream Spotify and Netflix. Changes to Obama’s net neutrality rules are going to make things even worse.
    • Part 2: FCC Wants to Kill Net Neutrality. Congress Will Pay the Price
    • The FCC Draft Order on Net Neutrality went much further than we ever could've imagined
    • Related: Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet

    Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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    Part 1: America is About to Kill the Internet and Towns Like This Will Pay the Price

    Many of the 1,300 residents of Winlock report frustratingly slow connections – with speeds similar to the dial-up days of the 1990s. Alamy

  • Residents of Winlock, Washington can barely stream Spotify and Netflix. Changes to Obama’s net neutrality rules are going to make things even worse.

 

Lucy Rock, The Guardian / Portside

November 21, 2017It’s Saturday morning at a café near the museum in Winlock, Washington, and Michelle Conrow is eating brunch while surfing the internet on her laptop. What might seem a banal activity for many is a luxury for Michelle. The internet at her house just outside the town is primitive by today’s standards, with speeds similar to the dial-up days of the 1990s. It took three days to download Microsoft Office to her new computer.

Many of the 1,300 residents in this rural area, which was once the US’s second largest egg producer, report frustratingly slow connections. There’s no binging on the latest must-watch Netflix show or streaming music on Spotify to suit your mood. No quick downloading of a podcast for your journey to work as you grab your coat. No running several devices simultaneously as parents catch up with internet banking or shopping on Amazon while their children chat on social media and watch YouTube videos.

Lucy Rock is an Observer writer and was previously the news editor.

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Part 2: FCC Wants to Kill Net Neutrality. Congress Will Pay the Price


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The FCC Draft Order on Net Neutrality went much further than we ever could've imagined in not only reversing Title II, but in dismantling virtually all of the important tenets of net neutrality itself.

Ryan Singel, Wired Opinion / Portside

December 3, 2017 | FCC chair Ajit Pai’s plan to repeal net neutrality provisions and reclassify broadband providers from “common carriers” to “information services” is an unprecedented giveaway to big broadband providers and a danger to the internet. The move would mean the FCC would have almost no oversight authority over broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.

For years, those broadband providers have used lawsuits and agency filings to fight FCC oversight and overturn its authority to prevent net neutrality abuses. But never in those companies’ most feverish dreams did they expect an FCC chair would propose to demolish all net neutrality protections and allow ISPs to extract tolls from every business in the country.

Ryan Singel is media and strategy fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and the CEO/cofounder of Contextly.

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Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet, David Culver, Evergreene Digest
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  • Despite massive growing resistance, the FCC just voted to advance rules that could slow down and censor the Internet by allowing ISPs to discriminate when they deliver content. Everyone needs to take action right now.
  • Don't let Comcast and AT&T control the future of the Internet. "Dear FCC, we need real net neutrality. Protect internet users from monopolistic ISPs and don't let companies censor, slow down, or block websites while requiring other sites to pay for faster service. Please stand up for all Internet users and our right to communicate."

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Franken is no victim as he leaves the Senate.

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  • He deserves credit, however, for a decision that's best for Minnesota.
  • Related: Al Franken has to go.

Editorial Board,  Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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December 7, 2017 | U.S. Sen. Al Franken is leaving Congress much the way he entered it, amid a swirl of controversy and surrounded by equally ardent defenders and detractors.

Franken’s fall was swift — a matter of weeks between the first accusation and Thursday’s pledge to resign. It reflects a rapidly shifting national dialogue on sexual harassment and misconduct that is quickly creating a new order, one in which there is little tolerance for the kind of behavior that earlier might easily have been dismissed or gotten a mere wrist slap.

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Al Franken has to go, Ryan Cooper, The Week 

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(This) is the final reason to ax Franken: to set an example. If we as a people demonstrate that this sort of behavior means an instant end to one's political career, future up-and-coming politicos — and the broader population in general — might just internalize the lesson, and stop abusing people.

Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet

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  • Despite massive growing resistance, the FCC just voted to advance rules that could slow down and censor the Internet by allowing ISPs to discriminate when they deliver content. Everyone needs to take action right now.
  • Don't let Comcast and AT&T control the future of the Internet. "Dear FCC, we need real net neutrality. Protect internet users from monopolistic ISPs and don't let companies censor, slow down, or block websites while requiring other sites to pay for faster service. Please stand up for all Internet users and our right to communicate."

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Support%20Independent%20Media_0.jpg  December 6, 2017 | For well over twelve years EvergreeneDigest has been a proud, bright light on a strand of thousands of such lights of independent media outlets.  We were founded on the principle that big, corporate, mainstream media had excluded information and perspectives from the present day American conversation. Further, we believed that the Internet and its fundamental principle of net neutrality made it possible for us to loosen the grip of big media by taking the news into our own hands. We readers-turned-journalists could then restore integrity to the nation's single most vital conduit for democratic participation, our media.

Now the FCC has announced plans to destroy net neutrality, the very foundation of an internet-based independent media, before Christmas. Working together we must stop them from doing this and here's how.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Take%20Action%20Today%20button_0.jpg Here a list of seven things you can do right now to save the Internet, by Mary Alice Crim, Free Press.  We urge you, all of you, to please just do at least one of these between now and December 14, the day the FCC meets to destroy the Internet and, with it, independent media and outlets such as Evergreene Digest.

Fighting for net neutrality is not a fool's errand, a waste of time and effort. The FCC's net neutrality repeal has sparked backlash. “People from across the political spectrum are coming out of the woodwork to engage in this issue, and the real question now is if Congress is listening,” said Evan Greer, the campaign director for the pro-net neutrality group Fight for the Future said.

https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/net-neutrality-now-180.png If it seems like this battle has seemingly gone on forever, it has.  Almost from the creation of the Internet, the big telecommunications companies (AT&T, Verizon, Comcast/Xfinity, Time Warner, etc.) have wanted to increase their profits by destroying net neutrality - the democratic, inclusive principle that says everyone is equal to the same level of access to the internet at the same price. The greedy telecoms don't see it that way. They want to create superhighways of data flow for their egalitarian, privileged corporate friends and other members of the 1%, forcing the rest of us to the slower, narrower back roads - if we can get access at all.

We thought we had the battle won in the waning days of the Obama administration. However, the FCC, under the chairmanship of Trump appointee Ajit Pai, a Republican, has rejoined the battle for net neutrality. The battle over net neutrality is as hot as ever.

Much has been published about this issue in the pages of Evergreen Digest, principally in our Media, Government, and Activism sections. Learn more about it by searching terms like "Net Neutrality" and "Ajit Pai" in our search box. Stay up to date by frequently visiting us and the websites of the two organizations leading the fight: Free Press and Fight for the Future.

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Peace and thanx,

Dave and the entire Evergreene Digest crew

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FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash on private data grabs by internet and telecom giants, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1:  FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash
    • People from across the political spectrum are coming out of the woodwork to engage in this issue.
  • Part 2: Help Minnesota protect consumers from private data grabs by internet and telecom giants.
    • Weigh in against possible FCC action that would hinder the Legislature in this area. 
  • Related: The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts

 

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The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1:  The FCC sabotaged its own public comments process.
    • Congress needs to stop them from voting to kill net neutrality on December 14
  • Part 2: Fight for the Future statement on Ajit Pai’s ridiculous speech
    • Pai’s distortion of the facts here can only be described as Orwellian. He’s citing free speech as his reason for gutting free speech protections.
  • Related: Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet

 

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I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929.

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People gather on the subtreasury building steps across from the New York Stock Exchange in New York on “Black Thursday” on Oct. 24, 1929. The Great Depression followed thereafter. (AP)

  • Republicans are again sprinting toward an economic cliff.
  • The plain fact that the trickle-down approach has never worked leaves Republicans unfazed.
  • Related: Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated.

Robert S. McElvaine, Washington (DC) Post

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November 30, 2017 | “There are two ideas of government,” William Jennings Bryan declared in his 1896 “Cross of Gold” speech. “There are those who believe that if you will only legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea, however, has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way up through every class which rests upon them.”

That was more than three decades before the collapse of the economy in 1929. The crash followed a decade of Republican control of the federal government during which trickle-down policies, including massive tax cuts for the rich, produced the greatest concentration of income in the accounts of the richest 0.01 percent at any time between World War I and 2007 (when trickle-down economics, tax cuts for the hyper-rich, and deregulation again resulted in another economic collapse).

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Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Huge Human Inequality Study Hints Revolution is in Store for U.S.
  • Every society has a tipping point.
  • Part 2: How to Stop a Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich
  • Average Americans today face political elites hellbent on a tax ‘reform’ that funnels new fortunes to the already fortunate.

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Feature Article | Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Huge Human Inequality Study Hints Revolution is in Store for U.S.
  • Every society has a tipping point.
  • Part 2: How to Stop a Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich
  • Average Americans today face political elites hellbent on a tax ‘reform’ that funnels new fortunes to the already fortunate.

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Publisher's Choice | North Korea Still Struggles with America’s Lethal Legacy. Some Facts, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: North Korea – As Trump Threatens, the Nation Still Struggles with America’s Lethal Legacy
  • “Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or ‘disappeared’ … More often than not, the United States shares the blame.” (Amnesty International, 1996.)
  • Part 2: North Korea: A Threat or A Victim? Some Facts.
  • Here is just a small taste of what North Korea’s southern neighbor, in cahoots with Godfather America, has planned.
  • Related: How America Spreads Global Chaos

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Of Special Interest | The Consolidation of Media and Finance: Why the Media Are Lying to You, Sue Ann Martinson, Rise Up Times <>

  • http://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/images.jpg?w=225Here is the chart on media ownership: note the interlocking companies who own the five big media plus Google and Facebook— and why it matters.
  • Related: The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom

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Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/33602bebba8fb7dd6e71fb413/images/832dc697-5e73-446a-b797-7b7ee253215f.pngSay Goodbye to Net Neutrality. Say Hello to the FCC's Trickle-Down Experiment * It's Official: The internet as we know it could die in a little over a month * The Grinch is Stealing the Internet * Dear FCC: We See Through Your Plan to Roll Back Real Net Neutrality * The FCC's Order Is Out, We've Read It, and Here's What You Need to Know: It Will End Net Neutrality and Break the Internet * Seven Things You Can Do Right Now to Save the Internet

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From the Archives | Pope Francis Focuses on the American Environmental Movement, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Pope Francis is actually bringing America’s environmentalism movement to its religious and moral roots.
  • Opponents of selfish greed and avarice, the common enemies of nature and mankind, would welcome Francis’s powerful words.
  • Part 2: 10 key excerpts from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment
  • Here are some of the key passages people will read closely, everything from climate change and global warming to abortion and population control.

Bloggers & Columnists | Sam Pizzigati, Andrew Bacevich





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Gender & Sexuality: Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination * Media & Technology: The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts * Peace & Non-violence: How We Learned Not To Care About America's Wars and the Trillion-Dollar National Security Budget

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The Violence of the ’60s Is Nothing Like What We Are about to Face

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  • The late ‘60s and early ‘70s were crazy, but we’re looking wilder.
  • Related: Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated

Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company / AlterNet

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September 9, 2017 | “This country is going so far to the right you’re not going to recognize it.” Those memorable words were uttered by Richard Nixon’s Attorney General, John Mitchell, who proved to be off by almost 50 years. But he and other Nixon cronies, however premature in their timetables, were establishing precedents for today’s worst case scenarios. We have to ask: Which elements of the state-sponsored violence of the ’60s and early ’70s are ready for revival and renewal? What new wrinkles in constitutional crisis might be in the works? Just how far to the right — or the left — will we go?

On taking office in 1969, Mitchell had declared that he was “first and foremost a law-enforcement officer.” The extent of the law-breaking — including murders — that that he and his cronies supervised against radicals, black militants and Democrats, is still coming to light. We have known for decades that the FBI informant drugged the Black Panther Chicago leader Fred Hampton, in December 1969, so that he was helpless to resist when two Chicago cops shot him in the head, in his bed, in the middle of the night. We know of a host of dirty tricks the Bureau deployed to deepen paranoia and internecine warfare in the Black Panther Party, in the New Left and the women’s movement.

Todd Gitlin is a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University, the chair of the PhD program in communications, and the author of The Whole World Is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left; The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage; and Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street.

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Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Huge Human Inequality Study Hints Revolution is in Store for U.S.
    • Every society has a tipping point.
  • Part 2: How to Stop a Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich
    • Average Americans today face political elites hellbent on a tax ‘reform’ that funnels new fortunes to the already fortunate.

 

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